Lingley, Kate 龍梅若

CCS Faculty
Associate Professor,
Art & Art History
Art 223

BA 1994, Harvard-Radcliffe College
MA 1998, University of Chicago
Ph.D. 2004, University of Chicago

Professor Lingley’s research focuses on Buddhist votive sculpture of the Northern and Southern Dynasties period, with a particular interest in the social history of religious art in medieval China. She is interested in the social significance of representation, religious practice, and identity, especially ethnicity and gender, in a period in which non-Chinese peoples ruled much of North China. This has led to a further interest in Chinese identity in a range of historical periods. The relationship between dress and identity, especially along the Silk Road, has given rise to a second body of research on dress and textiles in medieval China. She is currently working on a book manuscript on the lives of Buddhist women in medieval China, as seen through the votive monuments they dedicated.

China-Related Courses

ART 385 Early Chinese Art and Culture
ART 386 Later Chinese Art and Culture
ART 387 Sculpture of China
ART 486 Traditional Chinese Painting
ART 487 Modern and Contemporary Art of China
ART 688 Topics in the Art of China

Selected Publications

“A Hybrid Inscription at Shuiyusi: The Buddhist Funerary Record.” In Sun Yinggang 孫英剛 ed., 佛教史研究 (Studies in the History of Buddhism) 3, 2019, 111-132.

“Kinship and Commemorative Practices in Early Medieval Buddhist Art.” In Wu Hung and Katherine Tsiang, eds., Refiguring East Asian Religious Art: Buddhist Devotion and Funerary Practice. Chicago: Center for the Art of East Asia, University of Chicago; and Art Media Resources, 2019.

水浴寺石窟における寄進と記念 (Patronage and Memory at the Shuiyu Si Cave Temple.) In Japanese. In Hamada Tamami 濱田瑞美, ed., アジア仏教美術論集、東アジア I:後漢、三國、南北朝 (Asian Buddhist Art Anthology, East Asia vol. 1: The Later Han, the Three Dynasties and the Southern and Northern Dynasties). Tokyo: 中央公論美術出版 (Chuo Koron Bijutsu Shuppan), 2017, 539-574.

“Silk Road Dress in a Chinese Tomb: Xu Xianxiu and sixth-century cosmopolitanism.” The Silk Road, vol. 12, 2014.

“Lady Yuchi in the First Person: Patronage, History, and Voice in the Guyang Cave.”  Early Medieval China vol. 18 (2012).

The Reformer’s Brush: Modernity and Traditional Media in China.  Honolulu: University of Hawai’i Art Gallery, 2011.

“The Patron and the Community in Eastern Wei Shanxi: the Gaomiaoshan Cave Temple Yi-society.” Asia Major vol. 23, part I, 2010.

“Naturalizing the Exotic: On the changing meanings of ethnic dress in medieval China.”  Ars Orientalis vol. 38, 2010.

Excelling the Work of Heaven: Personal Adornment from China.  Honolulu: University of Hawai’i Art Gallery, 2007.

“The Multivalent Donor: Zhang Yuanfei at Shuiyusi.”  In Archives of Asian Art, v. 56, 2006.